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Google to bring Glass to businesses

26 Mar 2013

Google has announced that it is working on ways to bring businesses into the Project Glass testing programme.

The call for companies to join the fold comes following the recent announcement that non-business Project Glass winners have been chosen. Google said individual winners should expect to receive their project invites in the coming days.

"We received great applications from businesses. At the moment, our Explorer Program is only for individuals. However, we are working on connecting with businesses in other ways," wrote Google in its announcement.

Google's Glasses Explorer Program was announced last month. Individuals interested in participating in the device's individual consumer trails were encouraged to send the firm videos explaining what they would do with the augmented reality glasses.

The search giant was hoping to discover what sort of real world usage the device would receive once it made its way into the hands of consumers. Glasses are still in the early stages of development. Google is working to discover just how the product will be handled.

Google reports that it will begin sending out Project Glass invites to individuals within the next few days. Winners will receive their notification by way of Google+ or Twitter.

Along with the announcement, Google also stated that it has begun to examine ways to bring businesses into the pilot programme. Google said that it has received applications from companies and is currently working to figure out the best way to get the devices into their hands.

Businesses interested in getting in on the Project Glass action are encouraged to register with the venture's website. Those who register will be kept informed as to when Google launches a campaign for companies.

News of Google Glasses also comes with reports that West Virginia lawmakers have introduced a bill which aims to make the use of the augmented reality glasses illegal while driving.

Lawmakers in the state are looking to amend a recent driving law to make wearing headsets such as Google Glasses illegal while behind the wheel.

In response to the bill, Google has said that they are actively developing options to make the use of Glasses safe while driving. According to Cnet, Google believes that its Glasses may actually make driving safer.

Google Glasses were announced last year at Google's I/O conference in San Francisco. The search giant claims the Glasses are meant to bring Google apps into real world experiences.

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James Dohnert

James is a freelance writer and editor. In addition to ClickZ, his work has appeared in publications like V3, The Commonwealth Club,, and Shonen Jump magazine. He studied Journalism at Weber State University.

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